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News Release
9/7/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Uber to make public details of its testing of self-driving cars in Pittsburgh and to answer ten key questions about its robot car program and plans. “You have opted to use public roads as your laboratory and with that comes a responsibility to fully disclose exactly what you are...
News Release
8/30/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on Attorney General Kamala Harris “to take immediate action on the hundreds of consumer complaints against Herbalife to obtain relief for the hundreds of Californians, regardless of their immigration status, who were victimized by Herbalife’s deceptive and predatory business...
News Release
8/5/2016
CONTACT Jamie Court & John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on California Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla to restore key privacy protections to her bill (AB 1592) that would allow self-driving shuttle buses to be tested on California roads without human drivers. “It’s outrageous that you would capitulate to robot carmakers and surrender...
Video
8/4/2016
View on YouTube On NPR, Consumer Watchdog's Executive Director Carmen Balber discusses the risks of patient information being exploited by tech firms.
News Release
7/21/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
WASHINGTON -- Google trimmed its spending on federal lobbying in the second quarter of 2016 by 8.2 percent from the year before to $4.24 million, according to disclosure forms just filed with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives, but still significantly outspent other tech and communications giants. Google spent $4.62 million, million on...
News Release
7/18/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson & Jamie Court
SAN FRANCISCO – Consumer Watchdog today called on Tesla to require, through a software update, that the driver’s hands remain on the steering wheel when Autopilot is engaged, and for the Obama administration to slow its push to deploy self-driving robot car technology.  The group also called on Tesla and other carmakers to accept...
Video
7/18/2016
Consumer groups are calling for the testing of autonomous technology with live humans on the road using the Tesla Autopilot to be stopped after the death of Joshua Brown.
Video
7/18/2016
As automakers race to create cars that can drive themselves, a growing chorus of consumer advocates is demanding that the companies — and their federal regulators — slow down.
Video
7/18/2016
Consumer Watchdog has written a letter to President Obama urging his administration to stop attempts allowing autonomous vehicle technology on the roads in the wake of reports of a fatal crash involving Tesla’s autonomous system.
News Release
7/13/2016
CONTACT John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A coalition of auto safety advocates today called on President Obama to stop his “administration’s undue haste to get autonomous vehicle technology to the road” until enforceable safety standards are in place.  They said the administration’s autonomous vehicle “guidance” expected...